Orthodontics can fix an irregular bite and straighten crooked teeth. At Jayson D. Voto, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we address the specialized needs of our orthodontic patients, whether they’re a child or adult, using a variety of proven treatments.
Depending on the severity of their malocclusions, children as young as eight can benefit from orthodontics. The typical age range for addressing the orthodontic problems of children is between eight and 14. However, if you’re an older teen or an adult, your impaired smile can still be fixed. In fact, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult.
The benefits of traditional orthodontics in Owasso are many, including fixing problematic bad bites, straightening severely crooked teeth, and improving overall dental health.
With traditional braces, metal brackets are adhesively bonded to the teeth, and the archwire that moves the teeth fits through slots in the brackets. The wire is held in place using elastic bands that come in a variety of fun colors. Although treatment times can vary depending on each orthodontic case, most patients need to wear traditional braces for about two years. The first year focuses on moving the crowns of the teeth and the second year correctly positions the roots. At Jayson D. Voto, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we take great care in creating and applying conventional braces to deliver results in the least amount of time.
If you are an adult with a career and social life to consider, or if you have a teenage son or daughter that is particularly shy or self-conscious, then a mouthful of metal may not be the best option to correct their misaligned teeth. In this case, Dr. Voto also offers Invisalign.
Invisalign works using a series of custom-designed clear aligners that gently shift the teeth into place. Dr. Voto works closely with the technicians at the Invisalign lab to create aligners specially designed for each patient. With the aid of X-rays, photos, and impressions, aligners are created to move each tooth step-by-step into its proper position. Every two weeks, a patient exchanges their current aligners for the next in the series. They are made from clear, smooth plastic, which makes them both virtually invisible and very comfortable. Invisalign is the perfect solution for adults who need dental correction.
In addition to being practically invisible, Invisalign also offers the advantage of being removable. This means that when it’s time for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack, a patient can simply remove their aligners and eat whatever they like. With traditional braces, diet restrictions are mandatory in order to avoid breaking or dislodging brackets and wires. However, there are no such concerns with Invisalign.
The same happens when a patient needs to brush and floss their teeth—they can simply remove their aligners and continue with their regular at-home oral hygiene routine.
These are two of the most efficient orthodontic treatments available today, able to straighten the teeth in as little as six months! The key is that Six Month Smiles and Powerprox braces focus solely on aligning the teeth that show when you smile, better known as the “social six.” By concentrating on these teeth alone, we’re able to shift them in much less time using less force compared to traditional orthodontics. So, not only are they gentler than regular braces, but faster as well.
They also use clear brackets and tooth-colored wires, meaning patients don’t have to worry about that typical “brace face” appearance that causes so many to avoid orthodontic treatment altogether. Now, you can get the perfectly aligned smile you’ve always wanted in just a matter of months, not years!
Call our Owasso dental office to schedule an appointment with our caring orthodontic experts. Dr. Jayson Voto provides complete orthodontic care for patients in Owasso, Claremore, Sperry, Collinsville, Tulsa, Skiatook, and the surrounding areas.